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Old-Fashioned Treatment for Addiction in Seniors

Old-Fashioned Treatment for Addiction in Seniors

Posted on June 6th, 2015

Imagine that you suspect your 70-year-old mother has a drinking problem. She’s fallen repeatedly and doesn’t go out much, not even to church. Neighbors say a bottle of liquor is delivered most nights, but you’re not nearby to be able to confirm it. Wouldn’t it be nice to have her doctor make a house call?

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Compulsive Social Media Use May Be Linked With Substance Abuse

Compulsive Social Media Use May Be Linked With Substance Abuse

Posted on June 6th, 2015

Online social networking can be addictive and may also be linked with other addictions and impulse control disorders, according to a new study from the University of Albany. The Albany research team, led by psychologist Julia Hormes, found that individuals who met the criteria for disordered social network use were also more likely to report problems with alcohol use.

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Outdoor portrait of a sad teenage girl looking thoughtful about troubles

Teens Fail to Grasp Serious Risks of Stimulant Abuse

Posted on June 2nd, 2015

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the stimulant drugs used to treat it are increasingly ubiquitous. Adderall, Ritalin and similar medications are in high demand as ADHD diagnoses have skyrocketed in recent years, but not all of these prescriptions are being used for their intended purposes. Prescription stimulants have also become a popular drug for teenagers to abuse.

The most recent results of the Monitoring the Future study—an annual study of teen substance use habits—found that approximately 6.8 percent of teens have abused Adderall, while approximately 1.8 percent have abused Ritalin.

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New Study: Meth Far More Dangerous to Adolescent Brains

New Study: Meth Far More Dangerous to Adolescent Brains

Posted on May 23rd, 2015

The highly addictive drug methamphetamine (“meth”) causes dramatically more damage to the brains of adolescents than to those of adults, a new study has found.

Researchers from South Korea and the University of Utah reported that MRI brain scans of chronic meth abusers revealed damage to the gray matter and white matter of all users, affecting important cognitive abilities and how the brain regions communicate.

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Taking Inventory of the Relationships in Your Life

Taking Inventory of the Relationships in Your Life

Posted on May 21st, 2015

You may be familiar with a Boy Scout rule that encourages cleaning up after yourself: “Leave the campground better than you found it.”

This isn’t always easy in practice, especially for those whose behaviors in the throes of addiction left chaos and damage in their wake. To begin anew, taking inventory can be an enlightening and empowering way to tidy up the messes these behaviors might have created in your relationships. Better to dismantle the piles before they become unmanageable.

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Study Identifies Teens at Highest Risk for Alcohol Blackouts

Study Identifies Teens at Highest Risk for Alcohol Blackouts

Posted on May 19th, 2015

Certain groups of teenage drinkers have heightened chances of drinking rapidly enough and heavily enough to experience alcohol-related blackouts, according to new findings from a team of British and American researchers.

Alcohol blackouts are episodes of short-term amnesia associated with the excessive and frequently rapid intake of liquor or other alcoholic beverages. Many of the people who experience these episodes meet the criteria for diagnosing alcohol dependence (alcoholism) and/or non-addicted alcohol abuse. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, researchers from two American universities and one British university looked at the common patterns of alcohol-related blackout that appear in teenagers and young adults between the ages of 15 and 19. The researchers also looked at the factors that help predict blackouts in any given person in this age range.

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Do You Need Rehab for Internet Addiction?

Do You Need Rehab for Internet Addiction?

Posted on May 16th, 2015

In this modern age, with devices constantly within reach, we all seem to suffer from some degree of obsession with being connected. Whether you check your texts or emails every few minutes instead of waiting for a notification, lose yourself and hours of time clicking on links or perusing Facebook or start to get sweaty and feel anxious when you can’t find your smartphone or tablet, you understand how easy it is to get hooked on being connected. For some people, this obsession can become an addiction. If you are contemplating your possible addiction to being online, you might want to know if rehab is right for you.

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Federal Law Challenged Over Marijuana’s Medicinal Value

Federal Law Challenged Over Marijuana’s Medicinal Value

Posted on May 14th, 2015

A federal court judge has agreed to examine federal marijuana law for the first time in decades. The issue focuses on removing marijuana from classification alongside powerfully addictive drugs of no medicinal value, such as heroin and LSD. But what does the case potentially mean in practical terms for the general public?

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Teen Drinkers Under the Influence of Event Sponsorship

Teen Drinkers Under the Influence of Event Sponsorship

Posted on May 12th, 2015

It’s marketing 101. Go where the customers are. In the case of alcohol brands, companies may well be creating customers for the future.

In the first study of its kind, Boston University found teens and others under age 21 are more likely to consume brands that sponsor sports, music, and arts and entertainment events.

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Abuse in Childhood, Domestic Violence in Adulthood Prime Victims for Substance Abuse

Abuse in Childhood, Domestic Violence in Adulthood Prime Victims for Substance Abuse

Posted on May 6th, 2015

The combination of childhood maltreatment and intimate partner violence exposure during adulthood substantially increase risks for the onset of substance use disorder (diagnosable substance abuse/addiction), new findings from a group of U.S. researchers indicate.

Child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV) are two relatively common sources of emotional trauma exposure in the U.S. and many other countries. In a study published in January 2015 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from Columbia University examined the effect that the combined experience of child maltreatment and IPV exposure has on the chances that an adult man or woman will develop an alcohol- or drug-related case of substance use disorder. The researchers concluded that the two forms of trauma have an additive impact on the risks for diagnosable substance problems.

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